Shorter Reviews


July 2015 Short Reviews (Dirk Serries & Rutger ...

July 2015 short reviews: Dirk Serries & Rutger Zuydervelt - Buoyant (2015, Consouling Sounds); Richard Moult - Last Night I Dreamt of Hibrihteselle (2015, Wild Silence); Andrew Weathers Ensemble - Fuck Everybody, You Can Do Anything (2015, Full Spectrum).


August 2014 Short Reviews (Alasdair Roberts & Robin ...

Short reviews of: Alasdair Roberts & Robin Robertson - Hirta Songs (2013, Stone Tape); Immortal Bird - Akrasia (2014, Self-released); Kentin Jivek & Miro Snejdr - Voir Dire (2014, Self-released); Wolves in the Throne Room - Celestite (2014, Artemisia).


May 2013 Short Reviews (Lamia Vox, Saåad, Yellow6 ...

This here seal of the devil is one of those albums that I enjoy because one track grips me in particular, and that is the utterly majestic opener "Born from the Abyss". It is a velvety layer cake of misty chants and deep, warm synths that perfectly recalls the heyday of Scandinavian dark ambient, roughly fifteen years ago. Certainly not out of place on a label like Cyclic Law, that's for sure. The rest of this album, the work of St. Petersburg resident Alina Antonova, is nothing to scoff at either, but it is definitely a mood piece, a nostalgic amalgam of ethereal, darkwave, ritual, and ambient influences that epitomises goth atmosphere to me personally. It's a fairly consistent album, but the best is at the start. Still, Sigillum Diaboli will be required fare for some of you, a dark work somewhere between raison d'être, Coph Nia, Arcana, and more recently, Rose Croix.